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    Default Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    I like to backup my data to hard drive

    But its getting a bit tedious putting a hard drive in and out of my PC and I don't like the external drives you buy at Hardley Normal.

    Then I saw this device

    http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=...-to-USB3.0-Doc

    Has any one used one

    Would they be much slower than having the drive in my PC with a Sata cable ?

    It seems to be an elegant solution to my needs.
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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Digby View Post
    I like to backup my data to hard drive

    But its getting a bit tedious putting a hard drive in and out of my PC and I don't like the external drives you buy at Hardley Normal.

    Then I saw this device

    http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=...-to-USB3.0-Doc

    Has any one used one

    Would they be much slower than having the drive in my PC with a Sata cable ?

    It seems to be an elegant solution to my needs.
    Why don't you like external Hard Drives?
    They do backups over wifi.

    I have an external drive permanently plugged into my iMac and all the backups are handled by Time Machine
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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Webdevguy View Post
    Why don't you like external Hard Drives?
    Because I see hundreds of people having probems with them over heating or the circuit board crapping out.

    I have about 5 hard drives that I just insert into my hard disk cage and connect with the Sata cables.
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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    I have an older version of that caddy with USB 2.0 and eSATA, does the job but USB 2.0 is a bit slow. I mainly use it for drive cloning and that sort of thing.
    If you have USB 3.0 available though the one you linked should be as fast as an internal, USB 3.0 is rated at 5Gbps (I think) so it won't bottleneck a mechanical hdd.

    Another option is to buy an external enclosure and put your hdd in it. More convenient and if it ever does fail you can still remove the hdd and install it internally which is not always possible with the pre-built ones. Or maybe not, just noticed you said you have 5 drives you swap out - buy the caddy
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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    I use one of those almost daily, never given any trouble.
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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    I have a Welland USB3 and it works fine. Unlike another brand (whose name escapes me but the colour is white) that gave a lot of trouble

    But I have to agree with [someone above] that external drives are the best way to go. I've now got 9TB in WD My Passports (and similar in backups). It is very convenient to plug in a USB cable and get the power that way. Power adaptors are a pain
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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    I have a Welland USB 3.0 dock. It is the double version "Turbo Leopard".

    Two 3.5" 2TB drives. Transfer speeds are typically 150MB/s vs 25MB/s on my USB 2.0 equivalent dock.

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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    I want one

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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    I want one
    Yes I think I'll order one.
    They seem to have 2 models one that has space for 2 drives and a faster one with just one drive.
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    Default Re: Any one used one of these Welland hard drive caddies ?

    I have the single drive model, works reliably and fast.
    Couldn't ask for more than that I suppose.
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